July 26th, 2008
01:00 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama headed home after Mideast, Europe trip

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Sen. Obama's campaign aircraft prepares to leave London's Heathrow International Airport Saturday under heavy security and return to the U.S. Photo credit: Getty Images

LONDON, England (CNN) - Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama headed back to the United States Saturday night, bringing to an end his eight-day trip to the Middle East and Europe.

The Obama campaign's chartered Boeing 757 took off from London's Heathrow Airport just after 6 p.m. local time (1 p.m. ET), bound for Chicago, Illinois.

During the trip, Obama visited Kuwait, Afghanistan, Iraq, Jordan, Israel, Germany, France and the United Kingdom.

The senator told reporters just before takeoff that he intended to sleep the entire way home on the nearly eight-hour flight.


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soundoff (199 Responses)
  1. Obama 08

    What an amazing trip you had...It boggles the mind how you were able to speak to so many heads of states and leaders and reporters wanting to try to trip you up and do it so respectfully and intelligently. You didAmerica proud.

    Take that week with your family, rest up as your journey and trip to the White House will be full of GOP set landmines and smear tactics. Your values and steadfastness will see you through.

    July 26, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  2. mary from Oregon

    Isn't it great to have someone who is well received and respected abroad and is not an inarticulate cowboy like Bush?
    Just a glimpse of how it can be. Reminds me of the Kennedy years ...
    Vote Obama!

    July 26, 2008 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  3. ALECO1 -----NOKOMIS,FL

    VERY VERY SUCCESFUL TRIP FOR OBAMA--HE LOOKS AND ACTS VERY PRESIDENTIAL.

    TELL McCAIN THE TERRORISTS WENT ON VACATION IN AFGANISTAN AND INDIA-THEY ARE TESTING NEW EQUIPMENT AND WILL RETURN TO IRAQ FOR THEIR WINTER OFFENSIVE.

    IF McCAIN WANTS TO STAY IN IRAQ UNTIL WE WIN THE WAR, THEN WE WILL BE THERE FOR 50 TO 100 YEARS. ALSO–HOW DOES HE MEASURE A WIN IN IRAQ???? IF HE MEANS WHEN ALL THE TERRORISTS ARE GONE OR DEAD- THAT WILL NEVER HAPPEN.

    OBAMA WILL BE OUR NEXT PESIDENT-THE OBAMA CAMPAIGN "SURGE" WILL START NEXT WEEK--GIVE EM HELL OBAMA.--LETS CALL IT THE SUPER DOOPER SURGE.

    July 26, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  4. Allan

    I wish he stay in Germany forever. Nobody missed you.Take your "body" from Chicago and go away. Wake up America. No obaba.

    July 26, 2008 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  5. Rob

    Welcome back Rock Obama. You did a great job. The respect and admiration that was shown to You in Europe was truly inspiring.

    July 26, 2008 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  6. Kevin

    President Obama enjoy your much deserved rest. Mccain should be weeping now.

    July 26, 2008 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  7. jeneh

    May God Bless you Senator Obama. We love you very much. Well done and continue the hard work. It will eventually pay off.

    July 26, 2008 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  8. Canadian fan

    What is it with you Americans? Here is someone who has the respect of world leaders and who can restore faith in the USA, because the reality is the only way to finally get peace in the world is the American leader having the respect and leadership to get countries to sit together, discuss and come to a consensus about how to stop the terrorists and how to use the armed forces of all the countries to bring peace. I wish Barack Obama was our leader, and I sincerely pray that he will be your next President.

    July 26, 2008 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  9. JOHN

    WELCOME BACK MR. PRESIDENT, YOU MADE US PROUD TO BE AMERICANS. NOW LET'S RAP THIS THING UP AND SEND OLD MCTHULSIA TO THE RETIREMENT HOME.

    July 26, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  10. Najia, Ca

    Welcome back senator! We missed you and need here in US.

    July 26, 2008 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  11. Enlightened Voter

    You deserve a rest and if you continue to work like you have during this campaign in the white house our country will be great again! God Bless you!

    July 26, 2008 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  12. Debby, NJ

    And You Sooooooo Deserve The Rest
    It's TIME AMERICA
    BARACK THE VOTE !!!

    July 26, 2008 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  13. Sandy

    Let me know what beach so we can joine you. :)

    July 26, 2008 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  14. bob fread

    David Newport, OR

    One word, biased media genuis!

    July 26, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  15. Willow, from Iowa

    I think this week was very successful for Sen. Obama. Rest up, because Mr. McNegative is only just begun. Just continue to run your clean campaign and let him stew in his. Only 100 days left (or so).

    Obama 08/12

    July 26, 2008 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  16. Tim from Ohio

    I was hoping he would stay overseas...

    July 26, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  17. Jo Ann

    Great job you deserve a well needed rest- let's hope the media let you
    rest without putting an open mic near you. Proud of You!

    July 26, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  18. bob fread

    Loretta from California

    I hope your price of gas goes to 10.00 bucks liberal B.

    July 26, 2008 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  19. WOW - Cedar Hill, TX

    i pray that God will guide you home safely to your family and that God will give you rest.

    Thanks for representing the DEMS well. I am so proud to be apart of such an event.

    August 25 is my birthday and it is also the convention, what a gift for me.

    Great Job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you are the best, remember to stay humble and God will direct your path.......

    July 26, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  20. bob fread

    Is marriage for white people? | Black in America

    What a stupid article. Lets just reinforce that belief media LIB's

    July 26, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  21. Irma in North Carolina

    Senator Obama when you get home, please put Mccain in his place, he has been nothing but a whinner. But he doesnt care if he gets in his billionaire wife will put gas in our cars, put food on our tables and make the mortage payments and also we dont have to worry about our drugs we needs she has a good supply of them.

    July 26, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  22. Billion

    Barack the vote. McCain the sally

    Obama'08

    July 26, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  23. linda from South Dakota

    job well done and welcome bcak to america, obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!08

    July 26, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  24. Trollmaster

    Is McCain going to criticize him for sleeping on the whole trip back?

    I'm sure he can find a way somehow.

    July 26, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  25. Lisa, MD

    Amen OBAMA a well deserving break after a successful trip.God is looking out for you.

    July 26, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
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